How can I use Photos and iCloud to store my 73GB photo library?
Even by professional standards, a 73GB library is large and Photos isn’t the best for managing it
QI have started using Photos and iCloud Photo Library for my 73GB collection of pictures. Photos does not let me keep my old folder structure, so I’m having to create albums in its library, but they appear in the order in which they were scanned, rather than by the year of the original image. How can I deal with that?
APhotos is unlikely to be a good platform for your library, which is large even by professional standards, and remote storage will be expensive; you’d need iCloud’s 1TB storage plan, which will set you back £6.99 per month.
Since Apple killed Aperture, the remaining equivalent is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, available in a range of packages, most based on a monthly subscription. Even that app can struggle with very large libraries, for which a full-blown digital asset management (DAM) system such as Extensis Portfolio (extensis. com) is better, although it isn’t cheap.
The app lets you time-shift the dates of multiple selected images, which should deal with how scans are ordered.
Photos is not yet mature enough to start using with huge image libraries, though it’s okay for smaller ones.